Caring Dads

Information about Caring Dads for Professionals 

What is Caring Dads?

Caring Dads is a program that aims to contribute to the safety and well-being of children through a 17-week, empirically-based, manualised group parenting intervention for fathers, systematic outreach to mothers to ensure safety and freedom from coercion and ongoing, collaborative case management of fathers with child protection and probation referrers, and as appropriate, with other professionals involved with men’s families. 

Caring Dads is an ideal program for men who are of concern to children’s services. Perhaps most importantly, the Caring Dads program runs according to the principle that men’s involvement should benefit children, regardless of whether or not fathers are able to change. To do this, the program works in close collaboration with referral agents throughout the program. Caring Dads group facilitators may, for example, work with men to help them understand and cooperate with limitations placed on their access to children and to withdraw from prolonged legal action against their children’s mothers. Caring Dads is also a good fit due to its target client population. It was specifically was designed for fathers (including biological, step, common-law) who have who have physically or emotionally abused or neglected their children or exposed their children to domestic violence or who are deemed to be at high-risk for these behaviours.

 What exactly is covered in the Caring Dads program?

Caring Dads involves three components: a fathering group, mother contact and collaborative case management. More detail about each is provided below.

If you have a father who would like to participate in Caring Dads they following criteria will need to be met:

  • Dads are willing and not coerced onto the programme – those on the programme would be free to leave at any time, however, if sessions are missed they may be asked to leave the group.

  • Men are able to get to the group – any transport needs will need to be considered by the referrer

  • They have weekly contact with their children – this could be in a supervised setting.

  • They have a good understanding and can communicate well in English

  • The family have regular contact with professionals – such as a social worker – for the duration of the 17 week course.

  • Mum has been informed about the course and has access to support for the abuse she has suffered.

  • The group is not “assessing” parenting and can only inform referrers about attendance and the subject that week. Facilitators will not be attending meetings to discuss the progress of men on the group.

  • Acceptance on the group will be subject to an individual assessment with a facilitator.

  • It is expected that a CAADA DASH will have completed with mum to assess the level of risk posed to her and the children. Where this is high risk, it would be expected that this is heard at MARAC and this will be considered in the acceptance process.

Groups will be run in the evenings, 6.30pm-8.30pm for 17 weeks

Stanton House, Huntingdon – Wednesdays

Scaldgate Community Centre, Whittlesey – Tuesdays 

 

For more information please contact caringdads@cambridgeshire.gov.uk